Unbaked Ziti

I found a recipe on Pinterest recently for a one-pot "baked" ziti that I pinned to one of my boards. But as so often happens, Pinterest blocked the pin because it said it may lead to Spam. Hmmm.

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Yeah, something tells me that's probably not what they mean. But whatever they mean, it's just a good thing that I had already printed off the recipe I'd seen, so that I could modify it and make it more my own, as I frequently do with recipes that I find. Don'tcha just feel lucky?

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Let's get this Tasty Tuesday rolling then so you can try this recipe on for size!

Unbaked Ziti

  • 1 Pound Italian Sausage
  • 1 TBSP Dried Minced Onion
  • 2 TSP Minced Garlic (or 1 TSP, if you're feeling sissy-fied)
  • 1-28oz Can Crushed Tomatoes (I used Dei Fratelli brand with Basil & Herbs)
  • 1/2 - 1 TSP Kosher Salt (it just tastes better, trust me), to taste
  • 2 TSP Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 12 Oz Uncooked Ziti (I actually used a mini penne)
  • 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/3 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1.  Brown the Italian Sausage in a 2.5qt skillet until browned; drain the fat.
2.  Add the Onion and Garlic, and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Then stir in Tomatoes, Salt, and Italian Seasoning.
3.  Add Water and Ziti and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover, simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
4.  Turn off the heat and stir in the Ricotta and Heavy Cream, and 1 Cup of the Mozzarella. Cook on low for just a few minutes to heat through. 
5.  Serve in bowls and add some extra Mozzarella on top. 

If you're feeling really lucky, it may look something like this:

Unbaked Ziti Recipe

What are you still sitting here reading this for? Aren't you going to try to make it? Aren't ya? Come on already. I dare ya.

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And P. to the S. I'm linking up this blog post to Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. :)